The purpose of the mentoring pod program is to help new players take their first steps into Infinity. The program is aimed at anyone who wants to learn the game, whether they’re brand new, or if they’re going from new to competitive.
How Does It Work?
When you join the program you’ll need to sign up to a pod. A pod is just a small group of players that learn and play together. Most pods will consist of one mentor and a small number of newer players. The intention is to keep pods casual and relaxed.
Once you’ve been assigned to a pod your learning journey will start. The mentor in your pod is your liaison from that point onwards. Any questions about list-building or other aspects of Infinity play can be directed to them and they should answer. You may choose to start a group chat with the other members of your pod.
The idea behind having a pod is to give you the chance to learn simultaneously with others, and to give you a relaxed environment to have practice games. For example, you may choose to play the other members of your pod whilst the mentor spectates and gives advice. Alternatively, you may choose to have learning games with the mentor themselves. One possible idea is to organise a mini-tournament, once you feel ready, in which each player plays each other, in order to get a feel for what a more competitive Infinity event might be like. No matter what you choose to do, the pod is your opportunity to engage personally with other learners, and a more experienced player.
How Long Does It Last?
Each pod will last for a fixed amount of time (usually two months). At the end of the time period the mentor will end the process. The reason for pods only lasting for a few months is because mentoring is challenging and time-consuming, so we can’t have mentors engaged for too long! At the end of the process the mentor may choose to start sign-ups again for another pod, or they may choose to take a break.
As a less experienced player, there is absolutely no limit on joining pods. One period not enough? No problem! Simply sign up for another pod and go through the process again.
By cycling through different pods new players get the chance to learn with a variety of different people, and mentors get the chance to take a break if they lack the time to continue!
Frequently Asked Questions
I want to be a mentor! What are my responsibilities?
Respond to the needs of your mentees! For the duration of the pod you’ll need to be on hand to answer questions about list-building, and organise / play demo games.
I want to be a mentee, how do I join?
Join our Discord, and check out the ‘mentoring-program’ channel for more information.